SEMA is coming up at the end of the month so now is about the time when we get to see some sneak peeks at what can be expected on the show floor. Today’s preview comes from famed automotive artist Jon Sibal. It looks like he was commissioned by either Hyundai, Cosworth, or both to create a collab Genesis coupe concept. The design is very subtle appearing to be made up mostly of a lip kit, rear diffuser, and custom hood. It smells like a OEM variant to me! Is Hyundai working on a Cosworth edition Genesis coupe that can be bought straight from the dealership? I imagine we will find out in the coming weeks.
In a sudden and somewhat shocking turn of events, Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) hasannounced that Hyundai North America will no longer be their official manufacturer for their motorsports programs. In a statement from RMR, the reason for the split is cited by Hyundai’s desire to explore “new marketing strategies.” While Rhys’ results in Formula Drift and Rallycross have not been spectacular as of late his organization has done a lot for Hyundai relative to other motorsport teams that Hyundai backs. Rhys broke a pikes peak record with his Genesis and has built all of their high profile SEMA cars for the last few years.
By just looking at the headline it appears that it isn’t really Rhys specifically that Hyundai is disillusioned with but motorsports in North America all together as according to the statement from RMR, Hyundai is ending all “North American motorsport programs”.
I am not exactly sure what exploring “new marketing strategies” will mean for Hyundai but for Rhys and other motorsport teams who had Hyundai as a backer it means they will have to search for new rides come the 2013 season.
I was starting to get some serious car show withdrawal so you can imagine my excitement when it came time for Motion Auto Show to come back to our home town of Long Beach and fill our convention center with rows and rows of top notch rides. One of the reasons I really like the Motion Auto Show is because the producers of the show Pro-Motion and the shows architect Mike Morita go out of their way to create an experience that is a lot like the car shows we were used to from the early days of the scene and so far they have always gotten it right! I also commend Pro-Motion and Morita-san for pre-screening all the cars that register for the show. Back in the day I hated spending my cash on a car show ticket only to find the show full of cars that were damn near stock!
Between the cars, the dance contest, models, and vendors the attendees of this years Motion Auto Show in Long Beach definitely got their money’s worth. If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to the show this year I highly reccomend going next year. In the meantime check out some pictures below and see our full gallery on our Facebook page.
A new video by Rhys Millen and the gang has been making the interweb rounds today. In his latest piece Rhys plays a few holes at a local golf course and uses his rally-spec Hyundai Veloster as the proverbial “golf kart”. It is a fun little video and worth a few minutes of your time. Check it out below.
I am a little late to the party on this but shortly after Hyundai announced the Veloster Turbo they digitally launched the car as DLC in Forza Motorsport 4. In the Veloster DLC pack you get a shiny new Hyundai Veloster Turbo, Rhys Millen Racing’s Veloster rally-cross car, and a walkaround of the new Veloster Turbo in Autovista mode. Most importantly this DLC pack is free! So, head over to the xbox live marketplace after popping in Forza Motorsport 4 download yourself some turbocharged Korean awesomeness.
The 2011 Formula Drift season is nearly at a close and the title fight is starting to get really close. Dai Yoshihara was still in a some-what comfortable points lead coming into Round 6 “After Dark” at Las Vegas speedway but Justin “JTP” Pawlak was gunning for him and wanted to gain some ground. However it almost looked like Justin’s plans would be dashed when he broke a camshaft on his Falken Tire Ford Mustang and for some reason the team couldn’t fix it.
Instead Falken sent their truck 4 hours back to LA to pick up a back up car in the form of a Nissan S15 Silvia, but it wasn’t for Justin. In a controversial move Falken put last year’s Vegas winner Tyler McQuarrie in the S15 and gave Tyler’s usual V8 Nissan 350Z to JTP. While many saw this as messed up play on Falken’s part would it really help JTP that much to put him in a car that he is unfamiliar with? Well while JTP looked ok in practice he did not qualify very well in the 350Z and Tyler had an even worse showing as the S15 did not seem to get along with him that weekend.
Champ contenders JTP and even Dai Yoshihara were both taken out before the top 4 and it was none other than Rhys Millen who managed to nab his first win in the Hyundai Genesis coupe. Darren McNamara captured 2nd spot, falling to Rhys in the final, and Matt Powers captured 3rd place.
Now just 18.5 points separate Dai Yoshihara from Justin Pawlak going into the final round at Irwindale in October. If that wasn’t tense enough Darren McNamara, Chris Forsberg, and Matt Powers are all within striking distance of the title as well.
In this week’s “Things You Should Know” our buddy Bill Wood talks about Rhys Millen’s expansion with Hyundai in Rally America, gives an update on F1 driver Robert Kubica’s recovery, rumors of Sam Hubinette taking on a full off-road program and more. Watch the video below for a few tidbits and then you can listen to the full podcast on the Tech House & Speed site via RaceFanRadio.com.
RedBull just released a short documentary on Rhys Millen’s attempt to bring the Pike’s Peak record back into the family. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to pull it off this year but this video of how everything went down is pretty entertaining to watch. Here’s to next year mate!
The “Race To The Clouds” is going on this week and Rhys Millen’s Genesis PM580 is now fully dressed and ready for the party. He built this 1950lb 750HP Genesis powered battle machine to reclaim his father’s Pike’s Peak record that stood for 13 years until Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima broke the record back in 2007. Since then Monster’s record went unchallenged until now.
As you might guess Mr. Tajima isn’t going to sit idly by while Rhys Millen aims to take the record away from him. Rumor has it that Monster Tajima’s 2425lb 910hp Suzuki SX4 “hill-climb” special spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel to extract extra environmentally appropriate downforce before it made the trip to the peak.
So, Rhys has the obvious weight advantage while Monster Tajima has more power and both contenders have plenty of experience on the peak. Can Rhys claim the record back for his family and achieve a sub 10-minute time? Or will Tajima’s pre-peak aero tweaks and 160hp advantage be enough to keep him on top of the peak? It is times like this that I wish the hill-climb was televised!
Ever since Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima broke Rod Millen’s 13 year standing overall Pike’s Peak record the Millen family has been planing their revenge. It looks like Rhys will take on the challenge of clicking off a sub 10 minute over all time up the peak in a Hyundai powered machine known only as the PM580. Since design specs are pretty much limitless in Pikes Peak racing for now there is no telling what the PM580 will look like. That is not until the 19th when it will make its world debut. In the meantime check out the video below to look at how pissed off Rhys is at the mountain.